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Ballard Wins Washington Achievement Award
Ballard HS was just named a recipient of  OSPI's highests honor, a 2013 Washington Achievement Award Winner, in the category of "High Progress."  This award is based upon three years of state assessment data and is considered to be a high honor.  The award letter included this language:

"The Washington Achievement Awards are sponsored by the Washington State Board of Education and the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction. They celebrate Washington’s top-performing schools and recognize achievement in many categories. This highly-selective award is based on our school’s performance on the Achievement Index and uses criteria set by the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) flexibility waiver."


For more information on the award, check out www.k12.wa.us/EducationAwards/WashingtonAchievement/
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Ballard Jazz Returns to Hot Java Cool Jazz
The Ballard Jazz Band has once again been invited to perform at Starbucks' upcoming "Hot Java Cool Jazz" concert on April 25th at 7pm at the Paramount Theater! We need your help in selling out our supply of tickets. We have a goal to sell 350 tickets and are only about 1/3 of the way there.  ALL proceeds from our ticket sales will come directly back to support our Performing Arts Program, including Band, Choir, Drama, and Orchestra. Time is running short before Starbucks will pull our supply of tickets so go to this link ASAP to order your tickets (www.tinyurl.com/ballardHJCJ). Tickets are $20 and are general admission so arrive early to get the best seats!  We want a strong Ballard showing in the audience that night to cheer on our Jazz Band! Thanks for your help in spreading the word!
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NFFTY to Feature Shorts by Ballard High School Filmmakers

Four short films by thirteen students in the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program have been named Official Selections of the National Film Festival for Talented Youth (NFFTY).  This competitive festival showcases outstanding work by filmmakers age 22 and younger.  NFFTY is a rare opportunity for high school students to share the spotlight with college students from our nation’s best film schools.  This year NFFTY will feature 214 films from 30 states and 15 countries.  Screeners made the selections from a pool of 800 entries.  NFFTY opens at the Seattle Cinerama Theater on Thursday, April 24 and continues through Sunday, April 27 at the Seattle Center. 

 These short films by Ballard High School film students have been selected for screening. 

Song for Anna by Lucy Harstrick, Isaiah Hoban-Halvorsen, Josh Vredevoogd & Kiana Wyld

Stop Pretending by Marlene Anderson, Khasbold Bataa, Gabe Fabens, Zach Green & Lorenzo Rossi

Then & Now by Enjuli Chhaniara (’13), Dayan Flynn-Walsh (’13) & Ana Krafchick (’13)

Also selected was A Sleeping Giant, produced independently by Ballard film student Leo Pfeifer.    

BHS also has a team competing in the 48-hour Film Off.  Teams from 10 high schools have two days to produce a short from start to finish.  The winner (selected in part by the audience) will win funds for their school’s production program.  You can catch the 48-Hour Film Off – and cast your vote - on Saturday, April 26 at 1:30 pm at the SIFF Uptown 1.  

In addition to screenings and awards, NFFTY includes forums on filmmaking.  For a complete schedule of events, show times, and ticket information, visit www.nffty.org.

NFFTY itself is the brainchild of Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking alumnus Jesse Harris (’04).  Harris made history in 2004 when Living Life, the feature film he had written and directed as a senior project, was purchased by FilmMates and given a theatrical release.  (It opened in Seattle in April, 2005.)  The festival was co-founded by Harris, Kyle Seago (’07) – a Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking student at the time - and Jocelyn RC (Bellevue High School, ’07).  A growing list of sponsors and partners paved the way for this eighth annual event.

For more information on the Ballard High School Digital Filmmaking Program, visit www.bhsvideo.blogspot.com. ___________________________________________________________________________________

Ballard Unified Wins STATE!
  In Wenatchee this weekend, the BHS Unified Basketball team won the State Championship in the Special Olympics Winter Games. Using an intensive defensive scheme the Beavers beat Edmonds Woodway 26 to 13 in the title game.

 A big Congratulations to Sydney Janeway, Jolie Boget, Avary Lenz, Gibran Schriter-Costa, Edgar Pavon-Barcelata, Lauren Rodriguez, Trenton Scott, and Jathien Gregory and Coaches Lorie Buob, Steve Hickenbottom and Dagmar Obert !

Also at the State competition, Maya Pell was awarded a Gold Medal for Individual Skills.  Congratulations Maya!
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